Hi Everyone! My name is Emily and I am the new Clinic Director and physiotherapist at Trimetrics. I am excited to be part of such a state-of-the-art clinic that truly embodies the meaning of active rehabilitation. What I love about this clinic is that every single practitioner is committed to helping the members of our community lead healthy active lives, in the way that each individual wants to lead it. I am excited to join this community of amazing clinicians to help support the North Shore community in new ways. My primary areas of focus are helping individuals with:
– Orthopedic injury rehabilitation
– concussion rehabilitation
– vestibular rehabilitation
– working with older adults including falls prevention programming
– working with athletes
– Strength and conditioning programming
– Injury prevention programming and team injury prevention workshops
Trimetrics has a strong reputation of supporting our community toward healthy active living through Pilates. The practitioners here are leaders in Pilates in our community. This has been the base that has supported our community toward reaching their goals for many years. I hope to use this base and continue to grow it to support our community in new ways.
My background is in high-performance athletics and outdoor adventure sports. I have competed as a member of the Canadian National Cycling Team, the University of Victoria Women’s Field Hockey Team, and represented Ontario in Field Hockey, Mountain Biking, and Alpine Skiing.
My current passions take me into the mountains and on the trails as often as possible. From mountain biking, alpine skiing, ski touring, hiking, mountaineering, whitewater paddling, to rock climbing, you can ask me about my latest adventure and you can bet I will have some stories. My most recent adventure was a 6-week hiking trip in Nepal. I did a self-guided 23-day hike in the Everest Region called the Three Passes Trek that went past Everest Base camp, and a 9-day solo hike to Annapurna Base Camp.
With my experience in high-performance sport and outdoor adventure, I have a deep understanding of how the body works, how to tailor rehab to the individual and their goals, and how to build a program and plan accordingly. Due to my background, I come at rehabilitation from a lens of Strength and Conditioning programming. I use this as my foundation when I treat clients. Strength and conditioning can be adapted for individuals of any age or athletic ability. From Team Canada athletes to older adults who are trying to live independently and prevent future falls, to young children recovering from an injury or trying to prevent injury. This approach can be adapted and scaled to meet any individual’s goals.
One of my favourite quotes is:
“Our understanding is that the needs of Olympic athletes and our grandparents differ by degree, not kind.”
My vision for Trimetrics is to combine the knowledge and experience of those on our team who are experts in Pilates, with my passion and knowledge in strength and conditioning. While often seen as opposites, I believe they are complementary. Both of these areas of fitness can be scaled down and adapted for rehabilitation goals or scaled up to provide a challenge to the body.
Pilates focuses more on slowing the system down, working on stabilization, motor control, posture and alignment. It ensures the correct areas of the body are being activated and utilized to their potential. It gives a person a strong base to work off of, and then the exercises can be scaled up to challenge that base. Pilates exercises provide novel stimuli into the system, using the body in ways we do not typically in daily life. This can allow the body to break out of its habitual patterns which can be a contributor to a person’s pain experience. Strength and Conditioning builds on this strong base by loading the body in functional ways we use on a day-to-day basis.
Adding weights into the equation can allow a person to mimic day-to-day tasks, preparing and testing the body for the load we need to put on it in our daily lives. Weaving these areas together is a powerful combination that can help clients reach their goals in new ways. I look forward to blending these two areas of fitness together in our beautiful space.